Personal Journey

Gross Anatomy- Week One

Week 1: May 21 – 25

(see also Cadaver Lab Journal)

I have officially finished week 1 of gross anatomy. Only 9 more to go!

I must say, I’m not sure if I have ever been more overwhelmed than I was this week (and still am). We learn 1 unit a day and dissect 1-2 times a week. Don’t be fooled by the word “unit” though, that’s an entire area of the body covered with muscles, nerves, insertions, origins, blood supply, fibers, fascia, and so much more.

The first day I dissected was one of the most interesting and disgusting things that I have ever done. Let’s just say that all bodies are different and my cadaver had a little bit more fat than was desirable for dissection. On the first day I cut into the back and the back of the head, pulled back the skin, dug out all the fat, and finally got to the superficial back muscles.

I must add that this is an experience of a lifetime and I am so blessed to be able to learn and am thankful for each and every person who donates their body to science.

As the days went on, I got more and more comfortable with my cadaver and was able to start actually learning instead of just focusing on staying conscious. This will, by far, be the most difficult class I will ever take, but I have to believe that if God brought me to it, He will bring me through it.

Luckily we have 2 free tutoring sessions a week and are able to schedule more for a low cost if needed. I knew this class was going to be a lot of work, but I think I seriously underestimated how much I’d have to put into it.

AND now it’s time to be super vulnerable with y’all. I found out that 2 people from my program already had to leave for the summer and won’t be able to continue the program until they pass the class in summer of 2019. I may or may not have had a small freak-out where I ran to my room and immediately texted my boyfriend and mom about how scared I was for that to happen to me. Being scared is so easy sometimes, and letting fear take control of our life will get us absolutely nowhere. You can convince your mind of anything when you let fear take control.

Soo… right here, right now I’m going to take control of my summer by putting forth all the effort I possibly can without driving myself completely insane. There will be no sleepless nights or skipped meals, we must remind ourselves that we have to be healthy in order to succeed. 

Now, it’s time for me to go do some deep breathing exercises and get some good, rejuvenating sleep. Here’s to another hectic, but amazing, week.


1 thought on “Gross Anatomy- Week One”

  1. Hang in there, Alison. You can do this. Just focus on the day in front of you. You are a bright and intelligent woman who can take in the information you need to learn and keep pace with the learning. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” Psalm 34:4. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped” Psalm 28:7.


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